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Spatial processes and Galois/concept lattices


  • John Martin



There is a fair amount of interest in the use of Galois or Concept Lattices in the social sciences as a way of representing complex data structures; it does not seem to be widely appreciated that these structures are homologous to those arising from a discrete noncompensatory multidimensional response process, as originally outlined by Coombs. Here I formalize the spatial intuition underlying Coombs’s proposal, and show how, for any set of data, we may recreate the set of all possible minimal spatial representations. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • John Martin, 2014. "Spatial processes and Galois/concept lattices," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(2), pages 961-981, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:48:y:2014:i:2:p:961-981
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-012-9818-9

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